George Fisher Baker

George Fisher Baker (March 27, 1840, in Troy, New York – May 2, 1931) was a U.S. financier and philanthropist. He provided much of the initial funding for Harvard Business School. Beside that, he made several large donations to charitable causes throughout New York City and funded the construction of Baker Field, Columbia University's primary athletic facility. He also provided $2 million for Baker Memorial Library at Dartmouth College, which has since become one of the school's symbols. A co-founder of the First National Bank of New York in 1863, he became the Bank's President in 1877 and Chairman of the Board in 1909. Mr. Baker's 20,000 shares in the First National Bank were worth twenty million dollars. He was also the largest stockholder in the Central Railroad of New Jersey. He was a director in 22 corporations, which, together with their subsidiaries, had aggregate resources of $7,272,000,000 and he presumably had stock in at least as many corporations.

Baker, born in Troy, New York, was the son of George Ellis Baker and Eveline Stevens. He married Florence Tucker Baker (daughter of Benjamin Franklin Baker and Sophronia J. Whitney) in 1869, and was the father of:

* Evelyn Baker (1870–1936) m. 1891 Howard Bligh St. George
* Florence Bellows Baker (1876–1936) m. William Goadby Loew
* George Fisher Baker Jr. (1878–1937) m. Edith Brevoort Kane

His son George Fisher Baker, Jr.'s daughter Edith married John M. Schiff of Kuhn, Loeb & Co.

Top Hat LaBaron Pierce-Arrow

In 1929 George Baker commissioned the construction of a one-of-a-kind Pierce-Arrow town car, built by LeBaron, for the wedding of his daughter. The cars uniquely high roof line (5" taller than standard models) was specifically requested by Mr. Baker who wished to wear his top hat while riding. At the time this car was finished, Mr. Baker was one of the 10 richest men in the United States and easily one of the wealthiest individuals in history up to that time.

The vehicle, having been owned by such a prominent figure in American history, has significant historical value. The car was rediscovered in 1978 in a barn in Ohio alongside a Rolls Royce Boat Tail Speedster formerly owned by Fred Astaire.Fact|date=January 2008

The unique features of the car reflect the affluence of its former owner. Trim lining the rear compartment of the car is made of 24 carat gold, as are the perfume dispensers and intercom.

The car is currently part of the White Glove Collection, located in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Media Coverage

The April 14, 1924, Edition of "Time Magazine" had this to say about Baker:

The March 26, 1934, "Time" magazine magazine article called Baker Quotation|the richest, most powerful and most taciturn commercial banker in U. S. history [cite news
author=
title="All Paths Unite!"
date=1934-03-26
work=Time Magazine
url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,747268,00.html?promoid=googlep
accessdate=2008-08-09
]

A 1934 article in "Newsweek" describes him as one of the most imposing figures in banking history. In the November, 1994 issue of "Worth" magazine, in an interview with James Grant, editor of a financial newsletter, Baker is described as the hidebound turn-of-the-century banker who always got his loans repaid and was one of Grant's heroes.

Notes

External links

* [http://www.whiteglovecollection.com/2whiteglovecollection/publish/article_117.shtml George F. Baker's 1929 Pierce Arrow Top Hat LaBaron at White Glove Collection]

* cite news
author=
title=Banker Baker
date=1924-04-14
work=Time Magazine
url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,718210,00.html
accessdate=2008-08-09


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • George Harold Baker —  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Baker.  George Harold Baker (4 novembre 1877 2 juin 1916) fut un avocat et homme politique fédéral du Québec. Né à Sweetsburg en Montérégie, M. Baker entama sa carrière politique en devenant député du… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • George Harold Baker — Infobox CanadianMP | name=George Harold Baker cabinet = term start =1911 term end =(1914, Killed in Action in World War 1 on June 2, 1916) predecessor =Sydney A. Fisher successor =Andrew Ross McMaster birth date =November 4, 1877 birth place… …   Wikipedia

  • Baker, George Fisher — ▪ American financier born March 27, 1840, Troy, N.Y., U.S. died May 2, 1931, New York, N.Y.  American financier, bank president, and philanthropist who endowed the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard.       When the national… …   Universalium

  • George Baker — may refer to:*George Pierce Baker (1866–1925), U.S. drama professor *George Fisher Baker (1840–1931), U.S. banker and philanthropist *George Baker (politician) (born 1942), Canadian Senator *George Barnard Baker (1834 1910), Canadian politician… …   Wikipedia

  • Baker Memorial Library — Fisher Ames Baker Memorial Library is the main library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The fresco, The Epic of American Civilization , was painted by José Clemente Orozco in the lower level of Baker Library. Baker s tower,… …   Wikipedia

  • George Vancouver — Retrato de George Vancouver (artista desconocido) …   Wikipedia Español

  • George W Bush — George W. Bush (2003) George Walker Bush [ˈdʒɔɹdʒ ˈwɔːkɚ bʊʃ] ?/Info/IPA, meist abgekürzt George W. Bush (* 6. Juli 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut), ist ein US amerikanischer Politiker der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • George Walker Bush — George W. Bush (2003) George Walker Bush [ˈdʒɔɹdʒ ˈwɔːkɚ bʊʃ] ?/Info/IPA, meist abgekürzt George W. Bush (* 6. Juli 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut), ist ein US amerikanischer Politiker der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • George W. Bush — (2003) George Walker Bush &# …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • George Voinovich — United States Senator from Ohio In office January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2011 …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.